OpenID, Blogger and self hosted blogs

A while ago, our friends at blogger.com started using OpenID for commenters without Google Accounts. This works fine if you have a wordpress, livejournal or typekey blog, but if like me, you have a self hosted blog, you will have to create an Open ID identity, and link it to your blog.

I have been putting this off for a while now, which meant that either I left comments on blogs without a link back to mine, I left comments using my wordpress blog (which I don't actually use), or I didn't leave any comments at all.

Anyway, today, I decided to sort it out once and for all, and it took less than 15 minutes, and now http://boso.me.uk is now a valid OpenID.

First of all you need to sign up for an Open ID at https://www.myopenid.com/

Then you need to claim your blog, there's a useful tutorial here.

And that's it !!

Just thought I would share, for anyone else out there who needs to do this.

Happy new year people !!


  1. I should probably get on too, I've also been putting it off!

    Happy new year and blessings to you and all of yours!

  2. Hi Boso.

    I've just started using OpenId some time ago and there's one problem I find here.

    Every time I use this OpenId to when writing a comment in Blogger, for example, my displayed name is shown the same as http address or it is just a word "blog" in it.

    Don't you know how to set up this screen name for the OpenId?

  3. Kate Kulikova »

    If you set up your persona in OpenID, I think it takes the screen name from there. I've had a look at some comments I've left and it shows up as my screen name. If you go to your OpenID page (Mine is http://boso.myopenid.com/), what do you see?

  4. Oh, I see that there's a screen name on your OpenID page at myopenid.com.

    And my openID comes from Livejournal. So, I can't find there any fields for specifying screen name.

    May be it is better to get OpenID from another provider...

  5. This is really great that you posted this, but I keep two blogs, one on a subdomain I've created and this doesn't work for subdomains. But it's still great you posted this 'cause so far it's all I've found about it that's worth reading.